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IFDA-NY names new president, officers and members to board

New York - The New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) has announced its new slate of officers and board members for 2012.


They are: Claudia Giselle Tejeda, owner of Claudia Giselle Design LLC has been named president; Wendy Silverstein, public relations consultant, past president; Penny Sikalis of GLM LLC, treasurer; Jean Nayar, journalist/author, recording secretary; and Linda Kulla of Bardwil Industries, director at large.


The new board of directors includes: Claire Coleman, honorary advisor; Hermine Mariaux, future directions; Su Hilty and Andrea Algaze, awards & recognition; Christine Abbate and Cathy Guterman, communications; Susan Hirsh and Michelle Slovak, education; Rose Gilbert, membership retention; Maria Malpica, membership recruitment; Kara Marmion, programs; Jessica Tolliver, publications; and Lauren Miele, student liaison. The office administrator is Rose Hittmeyer.


The International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA claims to be the only organization whose members represent the total design and furnishing industry in all its aspects. Founded in New York City, IFDA has 16 chapters nationwide, members in China and a new chapter in Japan has recently been launched.


Now celebrating its 65th year, the association is structured to increase public awareness of the furnishings and design industry through specialized programming and service to the community.




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